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Case No. 19-0641

State of Iowa
Justin L. Alexander


State of Iowa


Justin L. Alexander

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shawn Smith

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Boone County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            Justin Alexander appeals his convictions of domestic abuse assault (strangulation), domestic abuse assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, criminal mischief, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  On appeal, Alexander contends the district court should not have allowed him to represent himself.  He also contends his trial attorney was ineffective in several respects.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that Alexander’s waiver of counsel was voluntary, clear, and unequivocal.  We preserve his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims for postconviction relief. 

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